For leading Boston College to a 34-2-2 record and into the 2015 NCAA National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Championship semifinals, Katie King Crowley has been named the STX/AHCA Division I Women's Coach of the Year for 2014-15. Crowley's Eagles will face-off against Harvard University on Friday night in Minneapolis, the team that handed BC its first loss of the season back in February after the Eagles started the year at 27-0-1.
Crowley took home Hockey East Coach of the Year honors for the second consecutive year after guiding the Eagles to the best season in program history and defending their Hockey East regular season title. She has helped guide the team to their most wins in a season in school history (34) and goals scored in a season in school history (194). Crowley also led the Eagles to a No. 1 national ranking for 14 weeks, marking the first time Boston College was ranked first in the national polls.
In eight seasons at the Heights, Crowley's career mark is 180-72-39. While a student at Brown, Crowley earned ECAC Ice Hockey Player of the Year honors in 1997 and was the Ivy League Player of the Year three times. She is the Bears' all-time leading scorer with 206 points, racking up 123 goals and 83 assists in 100 career games. Crowley served as team captain as a junior and senior. Crowley also lettered in softball while at Brown and served as a three-time team captain. She was Ivy League Player of the Year in 1996 and the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year in 1997. She is a Hall of Fame inductee for both hockey and softball at Brown.
Her international resume is too deep to list in its entirety. She played in three Olympic Games, winning gold, silver and bronze and twice scoring a hat trick in Olympic play. Her teams won nine consecutive silver medals in the World Championships and she was a member of the 2005 U.S. team that won gold for the first time.
The Salem, NH, native graduated from Brown in 1997 with a B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Management. Crowley's alma mater awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2011. She married Ted Crowley, a former BC men's hockey player and also an Olympian, in the summer of 2010.
Crowley was assisted this season by Courtney Kennedy and Alison Quandt. The runner-up for this year's STX/AHCA Division I Women's Coach of the Year Award was Jim Scanlon of Bemidji State.
The STX/AHCA Coach of the Year Award winners are chosen by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). Winners will receive their awards at the annual AHCA "Celebration of Women's Hockey" Banquet, held in conjunction with the AHCA Convention in Naples, FL. This year's event is scheduled for Friday, May 1.
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Winners of the Women's Division I Coach of the Year
|1998||Laura Halldorson, Minnesota||2007||Mark Johnson, Wisconsin|
|1999||Katey Stone, Harvard||2008||Jim Fetter, Wayne State|
|2000||Judy Oberting, Dartmouth||2009||Mark Johnson, Wisconsin|
|2001||Paul Flanagan, St. Lawrence||2010||Doug Derraugh, Cornell|
|2002||Laura Halldorson, Minnesota||2011||Mark Johnson, Wisconsin|
|2003||Shannon Miller, Minnesota-Duluth||2012||Chris Wells, St. Lawrence|
|2004||Laura Halldorson, Minnesota||2013||Brad Frost, Minnesota|
|2005||Mike Sisti, Mercyhurst||2014||Brad Frost, Minnesota|
|2006||Mark Johnson, Wisconsin||2015||Katie King Crowley, Boston College|